Movie Review: BULLET TRAIN

BULLET TRAIN Movie Poster | ©2022 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Benito A Martinez Ocasio, Sandra Bullock, Logan Lerman Writer: Zak Olkewicz, based on the novel MARIA BEETLE by Kotaro Isaka Director: David Leitch Distributor: Columbia/Sony Release Date: August 5, 2022 BULLET TRAIN moves like its namesake, increasing in velocity until the film seems to be going at two hundred miles an hour. The screenplay by Zak Olkewicz, adapted from Kotaro Isaka’s novel MARIA BEETLE, takes pains to explain things (often more than once), but it’s wise to hang on tight to the […]Read On »


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Movie Review: MINAMATA

MINAMATA movie poster | ©2022 Samuel Goldwyn Films

Rating: R Stars: Johnny Depp, Hiroyuki Sanada, Jun Kunimura, Minami, Ryo Kase, Tadanobu Asano, Akiko Iwase, Bill Nighy Writers: David K. Kessler, Stephen Deuters, Andrew Levitas, Jason Forman, based on the book MINAMATA by Aileen Mioko Smith and W. Eugene Smith Director: Andrew Levitas Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films Release Date: April 8, 2022 (VOD/Digital); December 15, 2021 (theatrical) MINAMATA is one of those movies where the subject matter feels so urgent that is overwhelms most issues we might otherwise have with the storytelling. After showing us footage of one woman tenderly bathing another, whose face is contorted in a silent […]Read On »


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Movie Review: ARMY OF THE DEAD

ARMY OF THE DEAD movie poster | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighofer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Garret Dillahunt, Tig Notaro, Raul Castillo, Huma Qureshi, Samantha Win, Richard Cetrone, Athena Perample Writers: Zack Snyder & Shay Hatten and Joby Harold, story by Zack Snyder Director: Zack Snyder Distributor: Netflix Release Date: May 21, 2021 ARMY OF THE DEAD is something you don’t see every day. Sure, people are talking about the fact that the movie combines zombie horror with a casino heist plot. Others have also noted that it’s a zombie movie that clocks in at […]Read On »


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Movie Review: LIFE

LIFE movie poster | © 2017 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Olga Dihovichnaya, Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada Writers: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick Director: Daniel Espinosa Distributor: Columbia/Sony Release Date: March 24, 2017 The new movie LIFE has a very obvious ancestor. That would be 1979’s ALIEN. There is no shame in following in that movie’s viscera trail (this reviewer challenges anyone to come up with an exact accurate number of how many have tried), so long as it’s done well. LIFE indeed is done pretty well, though it’s got a couple of confusing action sequences and, surprisingly, no jump scares. Director […]Read On »


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TV Review: HELIX – Season 1 – “274”

Peter Farragut (Neil Napier) turns himself in on HELIX "274" | (c) 2014 SyFy

Cast: Billy Campbell, Jordan Hayes, Kyra Zagorsky, Hiroyuki Sanada, Mark Ghanime, Neil Napier Writer: Misha Green Director: Steven A. Adelson Network: Airs on SyFy, Fridays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: Jan. 17, 2014 The problem of just a few infected on HELIX just got a hell of a lot bigger. “274” showed that the infection isn’t just contained to a half dozen or so individuals inside the research facility but nearly one-third of the entire facility is now in some sort carrying the infection But that just might be the tip of the preverbal iceberg. As we found out toward […]Read On »


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TV Review: HELIX – Season 1 – “Vector”

Dr. Jordan (Jordan Hayes) gets taken hostage by infected scientists in HELIX "Vector" | (c) 2014 SyFy

Cast: Billy Campbell, Jordan Hayes, Kyra Zagorsky, Hiroyuki Sanada, Mark Ghanime, Neil Napier Writer: Keith Huff Director: Brad Turner Network: Airs on SyFy, Fridays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: Jan. 10, 2014 HELIX furthered the depth of where this series is going with “Vector,” where a group of scientists get infected by Peter Farragut (Neil Napier) who is still running amok in the facility after escaping in the first episode. While the second episode focused mainly on finding the infected scientists, treating the scientists and above all else how and why Peter infected them, there was plenty of new questions […]Read On »


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TV Review: HELIX – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Season Premiere

Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell) investigates what's happening at the arctic complex in HELIX "Pilot" | (c) 2014 SyFy

Cast: Billy Campbell, Jordan Hayes, Kyra Zagorsky, Hiroyuki Sanada, Mark Ghanime, Neil Napier Writer: Cameron Porsandeh Director: Jeffrey Reiner Network: Airs on SyFy, Fridays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: Jan. 10, 2014 SyFy is back in the science business of science fiction with HELIX, a new series on the network with the backing of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA creator Ronald D. Moore. HELIX is a slick show. From the get-go, you can see the amount of money they spent bringing such a series to television with high production values, decent special effects and an interesting script that by the end of the […]Read On »


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Movie Review: 47 RONIN

47 RONIN movie poster | ©2013 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, Min Tanaka, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Rin Kikuchi Writers: Chris Morgan and Hossein Amini, screen story by Chris Morgan & Walter Hamada Director: Carl Rinsch Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: December 25, 2013 In Japan, the real-life story behind 47 RONIN has roughly the same cultural impact that the Alamo has in the U.S. Indeed, there’s a name – Chushingwa – for the genre of books, plays, films, TV shows and artwork about the 47 masterless samurai, or ronin, who banded together to avenge the death of their lord, even though […]Read On »


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